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The 14 most beautiful hiking trails in Germany

14 hiking trails for an excursion or vacation in Germany: From Lower Saxony to Bavaria and from the Palatinate to the Ore Mountains - for beginners and advanced hikers, families and individualists. Plus: Tips for planning and hiking in Corona times, even in the mountains

  • Inform in advance about the utilization of popular routes from experts on site

  • Use less frequented sections of the route, daily stages as an alternative to round tours

  • Large selection: "Wanderbaren Deutschland" offers 15,000 kilometers of quality trails

Hiking in Corona times

Hiking is booming: Due to the restrictions on foreign travel, the demand for hiking holidays in Germany has increased significantly. That has German hiking association now found in a survey. That is why the DWV advises using the wide selection that the network of marked hiking trails offers, for example around 15,000 kilometers of certified quality trails under the motto wanderable Germany *.

Since excellent trails could be in great demand, the association recommends finding out in advance about the expected occupancy at tourist information offices, hiking clubs and nature conservation centers less frequented sections to choose.

As an alternative to round tours were suitable also daily stages - Often easily accessible by public transport. Day trippers should prefer activities close to their home, accessible on foot or by bike. When arriving by car, you should avoid particularly heavily frequented parking spaces for hikers.

More information in the Corona guide from the German Hiking Association *.

Heidschnuckenweg in Lower Saxony

The route: Connects the most beautiful parts of the Lüneburg Heath * between Hamburg and the residential city of Celle. The path meanders through more than 30 large and small heather areas with moors, birches and boulders. It is also ideal for inexperienced hikers: the highest point is the Wilseder Berg at just 169 meters. Those who come in late summer will see purple - the heather blooms from the beginning of August to mid-September.

Total length / stages: 223 kilometers / 14 sections from 7 to 27 kilometers in length. It is possible to walk partial sections.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: Access to the Heidschnuckenweg is indicated from the train stations in Hamburg-Neugraben, Hamburg-Fischbek, Soltau, Unterlüß and Celle as well as from the heath towns of Egestorf and Hermannsburg. In addition, from mid-July to mid-October, the Heide-Shuttle * connects several locations along the route with the regional train stations.

Here you can find more information about the Heidschnuckenweg *

Harzer-Hexen-Stieg in Lower Saxony

The route:Leads from Osterode in the west to Thale in the east through Germany's northernmost forest mountains and crosses the Harz * national park with its wild mountains. The proverbial highlight: climbing the legendary Brockens (1142 meters). The landscape is also "legendary": Green mixed and coniferous forests, rocky gorges and steep cliffs, high moors and medieval half-timbered towns can be marveled at.

Total length / stages: 94 kilometers / five thematic partial stages and two alternative routes (smaller differences in altitude). Entrances can be chosen by yourself.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: The starting points in Osterode and Thale can be easily reached by train, and there are numerous bus stops along the way for regular services.

Here you can find out more about the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg *

Märkischer Landweg in Brandenburg

The route: Guaranteed relaxed, undisturbed hiking without major inclines through three national natural landscapes - the Uckermärkische Seen Nature Park, the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve and the Lower Odertal National Park *, Germany's only floodplain national park. Wildly romantic watercourses and wide lakes alternate with dense forests and beautiful towns - it is best to plan a lot of time!

Total length / stages: 217 kilometers / 10 daily stages. Start either in Feldberg (stages 1a / 2a) or Fürstenberg (stages 1b / 2b).

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport:With the regional express from Berlin to Fürstenberg. Or by regional train to Tantow, from there by bus to Mescherin.

Further information is available from the Uckermark Tourist Office *

Oberlausitzer Bergweg in Saxony

The route: Runs over the most promising mountains in Upper Lusatia and the Zittau Mountains. Great distant views of the neighboring Czech Republic alternate with idyllic locations in which unique half-timbered houses combine half-timbered and block construction under one roof. From the pottery town of Neukirch near Bautzen it goes to fascinating rock formations, to the castle and monastery ruins on the Oybin and to the narrow-gauge railway on the last stage to Zittau. As an alternative to popular well-known routes, Liane Jordan from the German Hiking Association recommends this quality trail, whose appeal has not yet got around.

Total length / stages: 107 kilometers / 6 stages of 14 to 25 kilometers in length

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: By train to Neukirch or Zittau

More information about the Oberlausitzer Bergweg *

Rennsteig mountain trail in the Thuringian Forest

The route: Once a path for hurried messengers, this path through the Thuringian Forest, Thuringian Slate Mountains and Franconian Forest rewards up to 100,000 (!) Hikers annually with an abundance of picturesque impressions: forest-crowned heights, deep valleys, flowering mountain meadows, great views of villages, castles and Castles and many historical attractions promise pure outdoor enjoyment.

Total length / stages: 170 kilometers / 8 stages between 19 and almost 26 kilometers in length. Entry possible anywhere. With the Rennsteigbus you can shorten or skip stages.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: Here you can find information about bus and train connections as well as the Rennsteig shuttle *

Find out more about the Rennsteig here *

The right way to hike: this is how you prepare perfectly for your tour

1. Calculate the length and ascent
Beginners, in particular, should not overdo themselves - eight to ten kilometers are sufficient as an introduction. The general rule:Beginner create on level grounda maximum of 4 kilometers per hour, on mountainous maybe only half. In the ascent 300 meters per hour are estimated, in the descent 500.

2. Choose the right equipment

  • Shoes & Socks:An ankle-free multifunctional shoe is sufficient for easier hikes. Require longer tours on more demanding mountain trailsmore stable shoes with a good profile, that reach over the ankle. SpecificHiking socks with synthetic and wool components reduce the risk of blisters.

  • dress: Functional underwear, hiking shirt, hiking pants and a fleece or insulation jacketequip for almost all weather conditions.

  • Telescopic sticks can provide relief if the backpack is very heavy, the terrain is particularly demanding or you suffer from joint problems.

3. Take enough provisions with you
On a hiking tour, 350 to 550 calories are consumed per hour. Therefore, you should have a good breakfast before the start and for on the gohigh carbohydrate foods Pack (e.g. trail mix, fruit, whole grain bread). You should take the first snack break after two hours, then eat something every one or two hours. It is important to drink regularly, preferably about 150 to 200 ml of water, herbal or fruit teas or juice spritzers every 15 to 30 minutes. Nature lovers always have a little one Trash bags and leave no rubbish behind.

Kammweg: Saxony, Thuringia & Bavaria

The route: "Miriquidi", Finsterwald, was the name of the Ore Mountains earlier. And indeed, dense forests set the tone on this hiking trail - one of the oldest in Europe, which is now one of the Top Trails of Germany. From Altenberg-Geising in Saxony it goes through the Thuringian Vogtland to Blankenstein in Bavaria (this is also where the Rennsteig ends). In addition to rare animals and plants, there is also a lot to discover about life in the region - museums, craft workshops of the Erzgebirge folk art, evidence of mining, palaces, castles and leisure facilities such as baths, summer toboggan runs and two narrow-gauge railways.

Total length / stages: 285 kilometers / 17 daily stages between 18 and 30 kilometers in length. Entry possible anywhere.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport:Directly on Kammweg or just a few minutes' walk away there are a total of 14 train stations that are served by local or regional trains. Buses also run on the weekends and in some sections. Timetables can be found under Service, Bus and Train on the official Kammweg homepage.

Click here to go to the Kammweg homepage *

Hochrhöner: Bavaria, Hesse & Thuringia

The route: Follow the highest peaks of the Rhön, over Kreuzberg, Heidelstein, Wasserkuppe and Ellenbogen - spectacular panoramas are guaranteed! The hikers are enthusiastic about the extraordinary flora and fauna, a composition of raised bogs, basalt lakes, beech forests and grassland areas, in which rare orchid species, globe flowers and mountain thistles can be found. The special natural landscape of the Rhön, shared by the three federal states of Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia, has been declared a biosphere reserve * by Unesco since 1991.

Total length / stages: around 180 kilometers / 11 daily stages between 10 and 22 kilometers in length. Entry possible anywhere.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport:Regular and hiking buses go to dozens of destinations in the Rhön, some on request. You can also take your bike with you, e.g. by using the "RhönRadBus" *.

Here you can find more information about hiking in the Rhön *

Tips for ways to German unity

To mark the 30th anniversary of German reunification, the ADAC published a special edition of its free cycling and hiking brochure "Grenztouren". On 100 pages, nine (e-) cycling and hiking excursions entice you to go on discovery tours from Lübeck to Vogtland and the Bavarian border. The tours always lead along the Green Belt * - the nature conservation project on the over 1400 km long former exclusion zone. The tours z. B. for a long weekend start at a train station and include a longer bike tour and a hike of around ten kilometers, during which memorial sites are also visited - for example Point Alpha * near Geisa in the Thuringian Rhön. The Border Tours brochure is available here online, from participating ADAC branches and travel agencies and can be ordered by email at [email protected]

Milseburgweg: From Hesse to Thuringia

The route: As a connecting west-east route to German unity, the Milseburgweg runs over the heights of the Rhön from Hesse to Thuringia. The start in Fulda is followed by impressive panoramic locations on the Petersberg, on the Milseburg, on the unwooded summit of the Elbow and on the Hohen Geba *, where a small museum reminds us that the mountain was inaccessible to visitors for 30 years as a Soviet military site was. The destination is the town of Meiningen with parks, classicist buildings and medieval moats.

Total length / stages: 82.5 kilometers / 4 stages from 18.5 to 24.5 kilometers in length

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: Start and end point at the train stations in Fulda
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More information about the Milseburgweg *

Goldsteig in the Upper Palatinate and Bavarian Forest

The route: The longest certified quality hiking trail in Germany, which is also the longest ultra trail in Europe and one of the top trails of Germany, offers running enjoyment for every level - the south route is more suitable for beginners, the north route goes up to Hohenbogen, Kaitersberg, Großer Arber & Co. The variety is fascinating. So you can hike the "land of 1000 ponds" on one tour, and eight thousand-meter peaks on another - in one day! The sea of ​​blocks on the Lusen or the bizarre granite rocks on the Dreisessel are also on the route.

Total length / stages: 660 kilometers / 23 daily stages between 14.5 and 32 kilometers in length, plus numerous access and circular routes. Entry possible at every stage.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: With the RIT ticket of the railway, the destination and return station can differ from each other. During the season, various hiking buses and the Ilz Valley Railway * operate between the Danube and the Vltava.

Here are the tips & information about the Goldsteig hiking trail *

Eifelsteig: North Rhine-Westphalia & Rhineland-Palatinate

The route: Runs from Aachen Cathedral to Porta Nigra in Trier, passing the high moorland Hohes Venn, the Eifel National Park * and the Vulkaneifel. According to the motto "Where rock and water accompany you", many paths lead past the peculiarities of the volcanic landscape - e.g. the millstone caves near Gerolstein, the Weinfelder Maar and the romantic Butzerbachtal, which impresses with wild rivers, waterfalls and a 30-meter-long suspension bridge.

Total length / stages: 313 kilometers / 15 stages between 14 and 28 kilometers in length. The route can also be divided into several sections.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: There are 19 special bike and hiking stations * along the Eifelbahn Cologne - Trier line. During the season, the Eifelsteig hiking bus * drives to the stage and intermediate destinations on weekends and public holidays.

Click here for the homepage for the Eifelsteig *

Rheinsteig in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate & North Rhine-Westphalia

The route: Leads on the right bank of the Rhine between Wiesbaden and Bonn through three federal states, past the legendary Loreley, the 40 castles, palaces and fortresses in the Unesco World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley * and the Drachenfels. It goes uphill and downhill on mostly narrow paths and demanding climbs through forests and vineyards; every single section offers sensational views. The highest point is only 345 meters, but the height differences of the individual stages through the Siebengebirge should not be underestimated!

Total length / stages:320 kilometers / 20 (suggested) stages from 8.5 to 27.5 kilometers. Stages and routes can be put together individually; Day tours are possible.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: In every place on the Rheinsteig there is a public transport connection - bus, train or ship (e.g. Cologne-Düsseldorfer Rheinschifffahrt).

Here you can find more information about the Rheinsteig *

Altmühltal-Panoramaweg in Bavaria

The route: Promises a wide variety of impressions. Those who hike from Gunzenhausen across the Altmühltal Nature Park to Kelheim will sometimes wander through wild and romantic rocky landscapes, then again through sunny juniper heaths or lush green beech forests. In addition to nature, cultural experiences also inspire: the route leads past palaces and castles, historic towns and testimonies to Roman and Celtic history such as the remains of the Limes. Would you like more variety? Then we recommend switching to a kayak - for a boat hike on the Altmühl.

Total length / stages: 200 kilometers / 15 daily stages between 11 and 32 kilometers in length, many of which are supplemented by so-called loop trails (circular routes).

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport:Good rail connections e.g. via Nuremberg or Ingolstadt. Regional bus routes run in the Altmühltal Nature Park, and from spring to autumn on weekends and public holidays there are also the "leisure buses" with bicycle trailers.

Here you can find information about the Altmühl Nature Park *

270 other good hiking trails

There is a large selection of good hiking trails:More than 120 "Quality Paths Wanderable Germany"has been certified nationwide by the German Hiking Association. This is aboutMulti-day tours: A path must be at least 20 km long, easily accessible and user-friendly, and close to nature. It offers variety, experiences, gastronomy as well as local transport stops and parking spaces.

"Quality Regions" also have accommodations that can accommodate guests for one night, with a drying room for clothes and shoes as well as a pick-up and delivery service for hikers and luggage, information points with trained staff and good train connections or hiking buses.

Half day or day tours are becoming more and more popular according to the hiking association. Currently around 150 short "Quality Routes Wanderable Germany", 2 to 25 km long, also with good marking and variety, are specially designed for different target groups from cultural experiences to family fun.

All paths in the information portal Wanderbaren Deutschland *

Black Forest Schluchtensteig in Baden-Wuerttemberg

The route: This demands a lot from hikers - narrow climbs and steep mountain slopes are part of the route from Sühlingen to Wehr.Those who set out on the challenging path through gorges, tunnels and waterfalls should be sure-footed and have a head for heights - and are rewarded with many wonderful impressions, be it the view from the Krummenkreuz summit at 1148 meters or the march around the deep blue Schluchsee . Please note: this path is not recommended in winter - but there are alternatives *

Total length / stages: 119 kilometers / 5 to 6 stages between 22 and 24.5 kilometers in length, day tours possible.

Tips for arriving / departing with public transport: The train stops at the start and destination; You can get to the bus and train connections for individual stages via links on the homepage.

Here you can find more information about the Schluchtensteig *

Tips for hiking with children